Warren was born at John Muir Hospital in Walnut Creek, the son of Peggy and Bill Withrow. He attended school at Saint Barnabas, Encinal and Alameda high schools (Class of 1984) and Santa Barbara City College.
As a Navy brat, Warren lived in Bremerton, Wash.; San Diego; Concord, Mass; Anandale, Va. and Camp Hill, Pa. before coming to Alameda, and then on to Los Angeles, Charlotte, N.C. and then back to Santa Monica. That varied geographical background played into his personality. He married the love of his life, Alessandra Bonaccorsi, in Positan, Italy, and they produced the pride of his life, his son Chase.
Warren was a highly intelligent, articulate, sensitive and handsome young man with a wonderful sense of humor. He was an inveterate and classic story-teller. He had a great imagination and was very creative in composing stories for the amusement and enjoyment of a broad spectrum of people. He loved reading and discussing some of the very esoteric aspects of nature and the history of our family ancestors. He enjoyed fine poetry and was a patron of the arts in general.
He loved playing hockey in New England and soccer in Alameda. He worked as a crew member of a number of sailing vessels off the coast of Santa Barbara, including a number of races to Catalina Island and Hawaii.
Warren was involved in a number of very unique business ventures, including many with his older brother Ted. They joined together to develop an internet web site, called Simply Family, that was unfortunately well ahead of its time. Their concept went on to become the basis of what is now Facebook.
He was very instrumental in the conceptual development, branding and promulgation of the cartoon character Danger Ranger that is structured to sensitize young children with the dangers associated with common behavior in everyday life.
He developed a company called Couponicate and Neuralytic to digitize the coupon industry and to acquire direct marketing intelligence. His conceptual initiatives in digitizing coupons truly revolutionized the grocery industry. The process is now copied by many of the largest chains in the country. Working with and applying advanced technology to situations in a complex environment came very naturally to him.
Warren apparently slipped and fell in a bathroom, an accident that is all too common. The Danger Ranger stresses taking caution when navigating a slippery bathroom.
Warren is survived by Alessandra and Chase, his father Bill, and siblings: Dell, Ted, Nicole and Kyle along with a host of uncles, aunts, nieces, nephews and cousins. He will be truly missed by all who knew him.
A celebration of life will be held at a family conclave in Southern California.
Sharon Hogan Van Meter M.D. passed away Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014. She was a talented and inspirational woman with a persistent intellectual curiosity, generosity to others and broad knowledge. Born Sharon Mary Hogan Sept. 29, 1941, she graduated from Glenbard High School in Lombard, Ill., and earned a degree in political science from Washington University, St. Louis. While beginning advanced studies in social work at the University of California, Berkeley, she learned she had been accepted to the Medical School at Washington University. In 1967 she was one of only four women to receive a medical degree there. Sharon went on to pursue a career in anatomical, clinical and forensic pathology, ultimately becoming one of the foremost pathologists in the state of California. She studied, examined and acted as an expert witness in some of the most prolific and complex cases here. Sharon had a particular interest in Medical Ethics, organizing and chairing numerous committees and conferences on the subject. Yet she never forgot her role as a wife and mother, balancing a complex medical career with nurturing her husband and three children. A mentor, teacher and leader, Sharon touched the lives of many. She was an avid reader, gourmet chef, eclectic art collector, seamstress and traveler — truly a multi-faceted woman. A civil war “buff” with a specific interest in medicine of that era, she had an insatiable thirst for knowledge, pursuing her outside interests with the same commitment and love she showed her family. Sharon is survived by her husband of 48 years, Dr. Stephen Van Meter; children Luke (Kate), Andrew (Jennifer) and Emily (Wendy) and grandchildren Phoebe, Molly, Theodore and Jackson. She was loved by and will be missed by many. Memorial services are pending. Donations in her memory may be made to the Alameda Hospital Foundation or to a charity of the donor’s choice. For further information contact Harry W. Greer, funeral director FDR-745. Alameda Funeral & Cremation Services FD-2139 1415 Oak St. 522-6020